If you’ve been on a flight, you’ve probably witnessed bizarre passenger behavior in some way. And while flight attendants are trained to handle strange requests and disgruntled behavior, helping someone with the delivery probably isn’t in the training materials.
Such was the case on an American Airlines flight leaving New York’s JFK airport for the Dominican Republic last week when a woman gave birth during the flight, leading to an emergency landing and the delivery of a baby boy.
A TikToker named Kendall (@pinkangel876) goes viral for documenting her sister’s birth and telling the story to viewers in a series of videos that have accumulated millions of views.
Kendall says that while she was on her way to the airport with her family, her sister joked that she would have the baby in the car because the bumpy road was causing pain on one side.
The pain persisted at the airport and worsened once she was on the plane.
“When you’re pregnant you get cramps when you sit a certain way. When you sit a certain way your back hurts. When you sit a certain way you feel pain somewhere – so we didn’t take it as something the sister explained.
After take off, while she was in the air, her sister’s water broke. They alerted a flight attendant who called for doctors and medical professionals on the flight. They rushed the pregnant woman to the back of the plane where she gave birth to her child.
“It was about 30 minutes. It was fast, it was very fast,” her sister said. “Even every passenger on the plane was like, ‘She’s ready yet?'”
The flight attendants announced that a boy had been born and the whole plane erupted into applause before the plane crash-landed and the woman was removed from a wheelchair.
The child has been jokingly nicknamed ‘baby air’ and ‘sky’, while others claim the baby was ‘born to travel’.
American Airlines confirmed the birth took place on one of their flights in a statement to: News week.
“On Sept. 7, American Airlines Flight 2443 from New York (JFK) to Punta Cana (PUJ) declared a landing emergency due to an onboard medical emergency,” the airline told the outlet. “First responders met the flight on landing and the client was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.”
The woman and her son are reportedly in good healthalthough it is noted that the baby was originally born prematurely.